Feb 27, 2009

Here today, gone tomorrow

Better go to the Hill of Tara as soon as possible. The site of the ancient kings will be destroyed in the name of progress soon enough. The Smithsonian in the US has listed Hill of Tara among the 15 must-see endangered cultural treasures in the world. The paper has this

The Co Meath site, which was the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland, has been the subject of controversy with the nearby construction of the M3 road. Campaigners say the road will cut through one of Ireland’s most important historical sites, but the National Roads Authority says the new motorway will be further away from the hill than the existing route.

The motorway is scheduled to be finished in the middle of next year, but may be completed before that.

In its March edition of its magazine, Smithsonian says “the only music you're likely to hear around Tara nowadays is the clang of construction equipment”. The magazine is dominated by “14 other precious historic and artistic sites” around the world which it says “can be visited today, but might be gone tomorrow”.

The current plan is to route the motorway within 2.2 kms of one of the most significant historical sites in the country

TaraWatch has been fighting the good fight with little success. The weigh-in from the Smithsonian might make a difference with the campaign. After all, our glorious leaders will do anything for a few dollars more.

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